Floating FAQ

What if I’m claustrophobic?

You’re not alone. Many novices to flotation therapy worry that the enclosed space of a float room will stir up claustrophobia—but most of those same people also find that once a float session begins, the room seems boundless. With your senses suppressed, feelings of fear that stem from the outside world tend to weaken their grip. afloat: mind + body wellness offers float rooms the size of a double bed, with seven-foot ceilings, as opposed to the traditional flotation tank. If you’d like to have a look at our facilities before scheduling a session, please feel free to book a tour after our grand opening this summer.

What should I wear?

We recommend the outfit you were born wearing. Swimsuits not only may contain detergents, but they also impede the reduced sensory experience we aim to achieve with flotation therapy. You don’t have to fear going nude, though; each of our float rooms is nestled inside a private suite that boasts a 3/4 bath. Your comfort is our top priority.

How sanitary is floating?

Floating at afloat: mind + body wellness is both safe and sanitary. Our clients are required to shower before floating, and the sterile solution used in each of our state-of-the-art float rooms contains a half ton of dissolved magnesium sulfate. We also employ a computerized automatic filtration system that sterilizes our water via hydrogen peroxide and UV light for 20 minutes after each float.

When can’t I float?

  • You shouldn’t float if you have any open wounds or cuts, and you definitely can’t float if you’ve been consuming alcohol or recreational drugs.
  • If you suffer from a known medical condition such as high/low blood pressure or coronary disease, or if you’re on a regular prescription schedule, please consult your physician before trying flotation therapy.
  • If you’ve been to the hair stylist recently, you must wait at least one week after having your hair permed and/or color-treated to prevent the possible loss of curl and/or coloration.
  • Women experiencing their time of the month should follow the same protocol as swimming, and you should also wait to float if you have new tattoos, body piercings, or a fresh spray tan.

What should I expect?

Floating is a unique, individualized experience. Many people instantly take to it and enjoy a thoroughly relaxing float during their first session, but others may need several sessions before they’re able to adjust to a sensory-restricted environment. Some feel extremely relaxed post-float, while others feel energized—but whatever your tendencies may be, we at afloat recommend you come with an open mind and let the experience of floating take you where it will.

What if I fall asleep?

You’re likely to enter a state of deep relaxation while floating, so falling asleep is not at all uncommon. More importantly, it isn’t dangerous, either; the buoyancy of our water/magnesium sulfate solution is such that even if you fall asleep, you’ll continue to float safely. There’s no risk in allowing yourself to drift away. We’ll even provide a neck pillow for added support if you like.

What should I bring?

Mostly just yourself. We’ll provide you with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, makeup remover, and a hair dryer. That pretty much covers it, but you’re also welcome to bring your own additional toiletry items.

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